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Progressive Story 6
Your class will be writing ONE group paragraph(s) for the story (not each student). The first class will write the intro paragraph(s). Then the next class will read the paragraph(s) and decide how they want to continue the story. This will continue until the last class on the list writes the ending and gives the story a title. Your paragraph(s) will be typed onto this Wiki page. You will also need to send (email as .jpg) the 3 pictures to me. The pictures should illustrate events in the section that your class wrote.
If you would like to share information about you email address, Skype name, iChat name, etc., please feel free to do so. Some teachers mentioned that they would like to actually "meet" some of the students that collaborate on their story.
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St. Stephen School
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Oakland, CA, USA
Western Hills Magnet Center
Omaha, NE, USA
Washington Heights Elementary
New Cumberland, PA, USA
Once upon a time a boy and a girl took a trip to the zoo. They walked around looking at all the animals. They stopped at the monkey cage. There was only one monkey in the cage. The monkey looked sad. The children wanted to cheer him up so they opened his cage to give him some of their lunch and the monkey sneaked out. The monkey climbed in the boy's backpack and hid. The boy and the girl did not know what happened to the monkey so they just went home. At home the boy opened his backpack and the monkey jumped out. The boy said, "We must take you back to the zoo!" The monkey said, "I know how to get there, quickly. We need to hop on a plane." The boy and girl packed a suitcase and a snack and followed the monkey to the airport. They hopped on a plane and thought they were going to the zoo. When the plane landed they saw trees instead of cages of animals. The boy and girl cried, "What's going on here?" The monkey replied, "We are in the jungle. I need to find my family. Will you help me?"
“Of course we will help you, but where are we?” yelled Samantha and Billy. The plane landed on the east coast of Brazil, which is the largest country on the continent of South America. They asked Mico, “Where did your family of Golden-Headed Lion Tamarins live?” Mico went on to tell them about living in the rainforest in a cozy hole of a hollow tree. “We get a lot of rain, but it’s the perfect place for us Tamarins to live,” explained Mico. The three new friends set out to find his family hiking through fields of cocoa plants. “I smell chocolate! We just love where you are from,” said Samantha. Mico quickly replied, “Brazil is an amazing place to live, but so many of our trees have been cut down. It’s going to be hard to find my family.” Billy said, “We don’t give up that easily!” Then, they all heard a very strange sound.
"Brrrrrrr...zzz...zzz...zzz, Brrrrrrr...zzz...zzz...zzz, Timber!" said the lumberjack. Mico screamed, "Oh no! My home! My family!" Mico's heart began to break as he rushed toward the tree. Billy and Samantha shouted, "Stop!" They didn't want Mico to get hurt by the falling tree. Mico continued to run to the tree. He leaped into the hole in the tree to see if his family was OK. Mico howled, "My family is not here!" Samantha and Billy asked, "Where do you think they went?" Mico ran back to Samantha and Billy. Just then, Samantha and Billy found a footprint of a shoe in the mud. They shouted to Mico, "We found a footprint! Maybe this is a clue!" They followed a trail of footprints all the way to another forest where the trees were not being cut down. There Mico, Samantha, and Billy found a woman named Cecelia setting up a new house.
Cecelia turned around and saw the children and Mico walking towards her.
“Are you friends lost?” she asked. “Yes. We are on a search to find Mico’s family,” replied Samantha. Suddenly, they heard a noise. They all looked down at Mico as he held his stomach. “You children must be hungry. How about you come in and I fix you a snack,” Cecilia said. Billy and Samantha looked down at Mico, who gave them a “thumbs up” for approval. So Samantha, Billy, and Mico followed Cecelia inside and they all ate rice pudding and hot cocoa. Cecelia offered the children a second helping, but Billy replied “No thank you. We really do need to find Mico’s family. Can you help us?” “I believe I just saw a young Tamarin family going South just a couple days ago, you might be able to catch up if I drive you.” “Oh thank you so much,” said the children and Mico. So Samantha, Billy, and Mico loaded into Cecelia’s jeep and headed South.
Cecelia drove and drove and drove. But in the middle of the rainforest, the jeep ran out of gas! Since there are not many gas stations out in the wilderness, the friends needed to get out and WALK to follow the footsteps. Suddenly, a thunderstorm erupted! To stay safe in the storm, Ceceila led them into a cave for protection. Inside the dark cave they heard “Ooo-ooo, Ahhh-ahhh.” Mico would know that sound ANYwhere, so he crept through the darkness to find his mother and father. The family was reunited! After a few minutes of happy hugging, the storm outside passed by. Mico with his family and friends stepped out of the cave into the steamy daylight and saw a rainbow. Just then, a truckload of lumberjacks passed by. It stopped to pick up the happy group to take Mico and his family back to his home. Along the way Cecelia, Samantha, and Billy explained how the cutting down of trees had taken away the monkeys’ habitat. The lumberjacks learned a lesson not to cut down as many trees in order to save the environment. Mico and his family found a tall Kapok tree to make their new home. Cecelia drove Samantha and Billy to the airport for them to catch a flight back to their home. As they flew over the canopy they were happy to have visited such a special and beautiful place. They were relieved that Mico had found his family and that part of the rainforest would be saved. And they were happy to be returning to their own home and family, too.
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